Ten lucky entrants to our social media competition have been selected at random to join Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s 2019 line-up at an exclusive first gathering in Derby on Thursday November 22, 2018.
Paul Hargreaves, Sharon Mckenna, Andy Barnard, Bethan Davies, Martin Graves, Katie Godwin, Steve Walton, Mary Gill, Ken Wong and Sarah Briggs have been invited to attend the first meeting of Cherie Pridham’s new squad, at a venue inside the University of Derby’s £11m sports facility.
Vitus Pro Cycling Team asked followers of its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels to visit vitusprocycling.com and explain why they would value an opportunity to meet the new rider roster.
After five days, the competition closed at midday on Friday November 16, 2018, and ten winners were selected at random from a list of all who had entered. The winners were announced shortly after 5pm.
Pridham, Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s owner and manager, said she was delighted that followers of the team’s social media channels would be present as the riders met as a team for the first time.
“One of the pleasures of running a professional cycling team is the opportunity to engage with fans, whether out on the road, or at events like the first meeting of our new rider roster next Thursday,” she said.
“When our riders are pushing themselves to the limits in races like the CiCLE Classic, the Tour de Yorkshire, or in a round of the Tour Series, encouragement from the roadside can make all the difference.
“It’s especially satisfying that we’ll meet our competition winners at the University of Derby, in the home of the team and the home of one of our long-term supporters. I’d like to thank everyone who took part, and look forward to meeting those who won’t be joining us on Thursday out on the road in the season ahead.”
Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s rider roster has been significantly strengthened for 2019. Triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy, former British circuit race champion Graham Briggs, and rising stars Joe Holt, Dylan Kerfoot-Robson and Red Walters are among nine new signings.
Mikey Mottram, Frederik Scheske, Alistair Slater, and Chris Latham will also roll out in Vitus Pro Cycling Team colours next season, joining three riders retained from the 2018 squad: Adam Kenway, Tim Torrie, and Liam Davies.
The team plans an ambitious programme for next season, which Pridham hopes will include the Tour de Normandie: a race she has previously come within an ace of winning, and which she regards as unfinished business.
The Tour of Britain, the Tour de Yorkshire, the Tour Series and the races of a series previously known as the Premier Calendar are among the highest profile targets of the team’s domestic programme.
The team’s bright future is not limited to its new signings. Vitus Pro Cycling has retained its key sponsors from 2018 and will welcome aboard a handpicked selection of new supporters in the coming season.
A values-based approach to professional cycling, with every action guided by five principles - Responsibility, Activity, Teamwork, Innovation and Opportunity (RATIO) - has meant that the team’s commercial supporters are closely aligned with the team and with each other.
Pridham is believed to be the only female team owner and manager in professional cycling. After a career as a professional rider, competing at the highest level for teams including the iconic Mapei squad, she has become one of the most experienced and respected managers in the domestic peloton.